abandoned Sun facility
mikelee at tdh.com
Wed Feb 6 21:04:17 CST 2008
Reminds me of what I see happening in my home town of Schaumburg, IL.
There is an old IBM/AT&T building which was vacated and they have
started remodeling or demolishing this week. I wouldn't be surprised if
people on the list hadn't touched something from that building in one
way or another. There was a lot of "firsts" and history in the
building. Interesting stories, can't share too much unfortunately, but
what I can is the public knowledge. The building had IBM, AT&T and
Advantis. These were mainly network services divisions which Advantis
was a co-op between Sears and IBM. At some point the group has changed
hands several times back and forth, most recently in the news for
transferring back to AT&T. There are some telecomm and e-commerce books
which detail all that, but some rumors include stories of the starts of
the "Prodigy" and development testing of Roadrunner cable modems in the
building. Along with a lot of this recent history happening during the
mid-90s to 2005ish... we'll just say IBM "e-business," AKA webhosting,
outsourced services has quite a bit of history there and it's
customers. Alas now the building has been stripped out, and the data
center floors/ACs seem to be removed and exposed to the outside where
they cut away at a face of the building. All I know is the recent
history, who knows what other secrets and stories from decades past
there are out there. I always wanted to know more about the
water/liquid cooling pipes under the raised floor and closets and what
they must have been connected to at one time.
But to get back to my point, wonder what other stories there are of
behind the various abandoned tech buildings throughout.
Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> Rows of servers? A heck of a mess, there, and I have no idea what I'm
> looking at in terms of any of that equipment...
> Thought it might be of interest to some, anyhow.
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